Being a part of your literary community means offering more than just great books. Mysterious Galaxy is committed to regular in-store events with authors, book discussion groups, and other special events and celebrations.

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 7:12am
A selection of books that go on sale this week, most on Tuesday April 21st.              Check with staff if you have questions.  You can also purchase many of the below in eBook format. Just click the title to see if an eBook is available for that title. (Thanks to Kobo, most ebooks are now available for pre-sale.)               Happy Reading!               Signed titles may arrive later in the month. Contact the staff to reserve a copy. 

The Bone Tree (Hardcover)

$27.99
ISBN-13: 9780062311115
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: William Morrow & Company, 4/2015
Signed copies will be available! Order yours today!

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:00pm
  The San Diego Book Discussion Group is led by Fearless Leader Christine. Participation is open to all readers; readers need not have completed a particular book to attend – it’s the perfect opportunity to branch out and find new favorites! Attendees receive 20% off of the current book club selection, The Martian by Andy Weir. Patrick’s review notes, “the whole novel reads like a heartwarming/stopping action movie ... and I loved every page-turning, non-cynical, hero-filled word of it.” 

The Martian (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780553418026
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Broadway Books, 11/2014

Description:

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. 
Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. 
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. 
Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. 

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

 

About the Author:

Andy Weir was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. "The Martian" is his first novel.

 

Praise for The Martian:

"Brilliant...a celebration of human ingenuity [and] the purest example of real-science sci-fi for many years...Utterly compelling."--Wall Street Journal 

"Gripping...[features] a hero who can solve almost every problem while still being hilarious. It's hard not to be swept up in [Weir's] vision and root for every one of these characters. Grade: A."--AVClub.com 

"A book I just couldn't put down! It has the very rare combination of a good, original story, interestingly real characters and fascinating technical accuracy...reads like "MacGyver" meets "Mysterious Island."--Astronaut Chris Hadfield, Commander of the International Space Station and author of "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth"  

 


Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:30pm
  Vince Aiello, a Southern California attorney and novelist, reinvigorates the legal thriller genre, with his stories about lawyers, mostly set in America’s Finest City, San Diego. Legion’s Lawyers, released in winter 2014, places the head of a prestigious San Diego law firm in the middle of a turf war between a Mexican drug cartel and a local gangster. Faith Full sets two Carlsbad men on a collision course where faith will be challenged, faith will be doubted, and faith will be tested.       
Sat, 04/25/2015 - 8:00am
Come join us at the Granada Hills Woman’s Club for a fun-filled afternoon with cozy mystery author, Laura Levine, of the popular Jaine Austen mystery series. In her latest title, Killing Cupid, the freelance writer lands a job writing copy for the Dates of Joy match-making service. When the ruthless conniving matchmaker winds up dead, Jaine realizes the killer could be any number of vengeful employees or disgruntled clients. In order to clear her own name, Jaine must navigate her way through various lovesick Lotharios to find the real killer. Once again, Laura entertains us with the adventures of the unlucky-in-love Jaine, and fans of this charming series won’t be disappointed. This event requires registration by April 15. Please contact Yolanda Petroski at 818.363.9844 with questions, or to register.      

Killing Cupid (Mass Market Paperback)

$7.99
ISBN-13: 9780758285041
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Kensington, 1/2015

Love is in the air as freelance writer Jaine Austen begins a new job at the Dates of Joy matchmaking service. . .

When Jaine lands a job writing web copy and brochures for matchmaker Joy Amoroso, she's excited for a chance to help the lovelorn--until she realizes Joy is a ruthless taskmaster who screams at her employees for the smallest infractions, pads her website with pictures of professional models posing as clients, and offers up convincing but empty promises of love. So it's no surprise when the chiseling cupid turns up dead at a Valentine's Day mixer. Now, finding the culprit may prove harder than spotting that elusive caramel praline in a box of chocolates. . .


Tue, 04/28/2015 - 7:00am
A selection of books that go on sale this week, most on Tuesday April 28th.              Check with staff if you have questions.  You can also purchase many of the below in eBook format. Just click the title to see if an eBook is available for that title. (Thanks to Kobo, most ebooks are now available for pre-sale.)               Happy Reading!               Signed titles may arrive later in the month. Contact the staff to reserve a copy. 

Of Noble Family (Hardcover)

$27.99
ISBN-13: 9780765378361
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Tor Books, 4/2015
Come meet Mary Robinette Kowal in San Diego on May 6th!

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 8:00am
On May 1, Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy will introduce you to Gwen Womack and her debut, The Memory Painter. The details are below:   Lunch with Gwendolyn Womack at Petros Manhattan Beach   451 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach Friday, May 1, 2015    Please come at 11:30 to meet and chat with debut author Gwendolyn Womack. We will have lunch at noon and our program will begin at 12:30.  The cost for this event is $60. You will receive a signed first edition of The Memory Painter, have a delicious lunch, and learn about our new non-profit literacy partner for 2015. Please make your reservation today by calling Emilio at the Redondo Beach store (310-542-6000). If you would prefer to make your reservation on-line, you may do so at Brown Paper Ticket. If you would like begin reading The Memory Painter before the May 1 lunch, you can pick up your copy at the Redondo Beach location when it goes on sale on April 28. Make arrangements with Emilio via email or phone (310-542-6000) between 9am and 5pm during the week.      

The Memory Painter (Hardcover)

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9781250053039
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Picador, 4/2015
Bryan Pierce is an internationally famous artist whose paintings have dazzled the world. But there's a secret to his success: Every canvas is inspired by an unusually vivid dream. Linz Jacobs is a brilliant neurogeneticist, absorbed in decoding the genes that help the brain make memories, until she is confronted with an exact rendering of a recurring nightmare at one of Bryan's shows. She tracks down the elusive artist, and their meeting triggers Bryan's most powerful dream yet: visions of a team of scientists who, on the verge of discovering a cure for Alzheimer's, died in a lab explosion decades ago. As Bryan becomes obsessed with the mysterious circumstances surrounding the scientists' deaths, his dreams begin to reveal what happened at the lab, as well as a deeper mystery that may lead all the way to ancient Egypt.

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 1:00pm
Mysterious Galaxy will be at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in San Pedro. Deatils to come. Visit the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival official Website. 

Repo Shark (Paperback)


ISBN-13: 9781940885100
Availability: Not in stock, but can usually be shipped within the week.
Published: Broken River Books, 4/2014
Ace Vegas repo man Zef DeGroot is sent to Hawaii to collect a vintage Harley-Davidson from a legendary dope-dealer and karaoke killer the locals call Donny Punani. But an easy snatch for a ninja of Zef's mad sklils becomes a nightmarish farce when he finds monstrous crooks, crooked cops and the lust-mad gods of paradise are all conspiring to ...more

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 7:00am
              What is Bookstore Day?   California Bookstore Day, on Saturday May 2, 2015, is a project of the Northern and Southern California Independent Booksellers Associations, representing hundreds of bookstores across California and the nation. This is an in-store celebration -- join us in either location to take part!     We believe indie bookstores are an essential part of lively communities, the free-flow of ideas, and the thrill of discovery.      CBD will harness the creative power of authors and publishers in a giant celebration of the written word that will drive readers to brick-and-mortar bookstores. For one day, and one day only, a number of very limited-edition, unique, word-based items and books will be available in more than 100 independent stores across the state. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill signed first editions—these are literature-based art projects, unique books, and collector’s items created for this event only.    To learn more about other celebrations, visit California Bookstore Day's web page.  
Sun, 05/03/2015 - 9:00am
The Writers Coffeehouse is open to everyone. The Coffeehouse is a bunch of writers sitting around talking about writing … with coffee. No agenda … just chat about the latest trends in the industry, about the craft of writing, about markets, about pitching and selling, about conquering frustration and defeating writers block, and about all of the good things that come from the community of writers. No previous publishing experience necessary … the Writers Coffeehouse attracts everyone from absolute beginner to award-winners and bestsellers. We're all writers. The Coffeehouse will be a regular event that meets on the first Sunday of every month from noon to 3:00 PM. And join the free Message Board online: groups.yahoo.com/group/WritersCoffeehouseOnline/          
$15.99
ISBN-13: 9781250034946
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: St. Martin's Griffin, 9/2014
Stebbins Little School is full of bodies. It's unthinkable to Desdemona Fox. Children are sobbing as panicked teachers and neighbors beat down their family members outside of the school...or the "things" that used to be their family members. Parents don't eat their children do they? Officers Fox and Hammond, along with journalist Billy Trout, are calling it the beginning of the end. This is the zombie apocalypse. An insane escaped serial killer is infecting Stebbins County with a deadly virus, and now the whole world is watching while Fox, Trout, and the remaining inhabitants of Stebbins fight for their life against...what? The undead? The President and the National Guard are ready to nuke Stebbins, PA off the map and cut their losses. But the infection is spreading and fast. Worse, the scientist who created the virus is missing. It's a numbers game as the body count rises; Fox has to contain the infected and evacuate the living before it's too late, and the clock is ticking... "Fall of Night," Maberry's nail-biting sequel to "Dead of Night," picks up where the first novel left off--on a wild goose chase for a madman and the missing scientist who gave him new "un"-life. Chilling, gory, and hair-raisingly scary, Maberry fans won't be able to read this fast-paced thriller with the lights off.

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 7:00am
A selection of books that go on sale this week, most on Tuesday May 5th.           Check with staff if you have questions.  You can also purchase many of the below in eBook format. Just click the title to see if an eBook is available for that title. (Thanks to Kobo, most ebooks are now available for pre-sale.)            Happy Reading!            Signed titles may arrive later in the month. Contact the staff to reserve a copy. 
$25.00
ISBN-13: 9781476747040
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Touchstone Books, 5/2015
Come meet Greg Proops in San Diego on May 31st!